Our Staff

A look at all those people who work on behalf of our children.

Senior Management Team

  • Dean Gordon
    Dean Gordon
    Head of School
  • Loreta Bibby
    Loreta Bibby
    Deputy Headteacher / Reception class teacher
  • Jeanette Brumby
    Jeanette Brumby
    Executive Head Teacher
  • Timur Kay
    Timur Kay
    Executive Business Manager

 

EYFS Team

  • Loreta Bibby
    Loreta Bibby
    Deputy Headteacher / Reception class teacher
  • Shaunie Appleyard
    Shaunie Appleyard
    Nursery Teacher
  • Rachael Shodiya
    Rachael Shodiya
    Teaching Assistant Reception
  • Laraine Staples
    Laraine Staples
    Teaching Assistant Reception
  • Diane Julius
    Diane Julius
    Teaching Assistant Nursery
  • Ellie Jackson
    Ellie Jackson
    Teaching Assistant Nursery
  • Habiba Tayabali
    Habiba Tayabali
    Nurse Nursery

Year 1

  • So-Nia Hewitt
    So-Nia Hewitt
    Year 1 Teacher
  • Amevi Dogbo
    Amevi Dogbo
    Teaching Assistant Year 1
  • Icilda Prendergast
    Icilda Prendergast
    Learning Support Assistant Year 1

Year 2

  • Carleen Archer
    Carleen Archer
    Year 2 Teacher
  • Shirley La Touche
    Shirley La Touche
    Teaching Assistant Year 2

Year 3

  • Cal Byrne
    Cal Byrne
    Year 3 Teacher
  • Jackie Balcombe
    Jackie Balcombe
    Teaching Assistant Year 3

Year 4

  • Cardella Bryce
    Cardella Bryce
    Year 4 Teacher
  • Melissa Henry
    Melissa Henry
    Teaching Assistant Year 4 (Scale 5 TA)

Year 5

  • Anita Mittelholzer
    Anita Mittelholzer
    Year 5 Teacher (5a)
  • Kay-Ann Williamson
    Kay-Ann Williamson
    Year 5 Teacher (5b)
  • Sally-Ann Warner
    Sally-Ann Warner
    Teaching Assistant Year 5 (5a)
  • Lesley Lawrence
    Lesley Lawrence
    Teaching Assistant Year 5 (5b)

Year 6

  • Vanessa Deol
    Vanessa Deol
    Year 6 Teacher (6b)
  • Natalie Tremlett
    Natalie Tremlett
    Year 6 Teacher (6a)
  • Ms Bell
    Ms Bell
    Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6a)
  • Maria Ennis
    Maria Ennis
    Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6a)
  • Miatta Sesay
    Miatta Sesay
    Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6b)
  • Amber Lyseight
    Amber Lyseight
    Inclusion Officer, Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6b)

Inclusion Team

  • Sophia Ricketts
    Sophia Ricketts
    Inclusion Manager
  • Amber Lyseight
    Amber Lyseight
    Inclusion Officer, Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6b)
  • Allison Bishop
    Allison Bishop
    Community Cohesion Behaviour and Family Liaison Officer

Administration Team

  • Bryan Gobin
    Bryan Gobin
    Finance Officer
  • Sam Lane
    Sam Lane
    Office and Resources Manager
  • Susanne Partridge-Hayes
    Susanne Partridge-Hayes
    Executive Assistant
  • Kat Petrovic
    Kat Petrovic
    Administrative Officer

Technicians

  • Deborah Cummings
    Deborah Cummings
    Network ICT Technician

Site Management

  • Louis Smith
    Louis Smith
    Premises Manager
  • Patrick Arhin
    Patrick Arhin
    Premises Assistant
Dean Gordon
Head of School

Additional Responsibilities

 

Grinling Gibbons is a fabulous place to work and I love coming here every day because of the positive energy I get from all the committed staff, the lovely children and their supportive families.

I have been Head of School since September 2015 and I haven’t had a dull moment yet. The family feel I get here at Grinling Gibbons is not comparable to any other school I’ve worked in. I believe in equality for all and that every child should feel safe and happy at school. I love everything about this school and its community.

The young people in our school are inquisitive learners who have a passion for learning and this is reflected in their high levels of weekly attendance. Our families are very supportive and work closely with the school to ensure that we offer the children the best deal in order to achieve our goal of producing lifelong learners. I am very fortunate to work with a team of people who are passionate and committed to offering the children the best quality learning experiences. This helps to make my job a whole lot easier, more enjoyable and rewarding.

Loreta Bibby
Deputy Headteacher / Reception class teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

This is only my second year working at Grinling Gibbons, but already, it feels like I have been here for much longer. After teaching for nearly thirty years across a range of schools in London, I can honestly say, that this is a really special school, filled with enthusiastic, polite, hard-working children, who have a real love for learning, and who can’t wait to come to school every morning. The same could be said of all our teachers and support staff too!

This year I am teaching in Reception, and I am always amazed at the new learning I experience every day. I hope I will be here for many years to come.

Jeanette Brumby
Executive Head Teacher

I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher at the GGLV federation. We have two very special schools that we all enjoy working in. I joined the Federation in September 2016 and I have loved every minute of it. The children at Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale are kind, caring and so very friendly. They are fantastic learners. Our parents really contribute to the success of the schools and take pride in being part of the School Community. All our staff are here for one reason only- the Children! They all work hard to ensure our children get the best possible education. We believe everyone can succeed.

We also work in partnership with my other federation: Fairlawn and Haseltine primary schools and our teaching school, ETAL.

If you are a prospective parent, please come on one of our fortnightly tours and see our schools in action. The Heads will show you around and you will see the learners and their books. If there is something you need and you can’t find it on our website, please do call us and we will do our best to answer any questions.

Timur Kay
Executive Business Manager

At the Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation there is a really high level of commitment and dedication at all levels towards the protection and learning of the children. I feel honoured to be a part of such a fantastic team of professionals, and a part of a Senior Leadership Team that is transparent, hardworking and led with unwavering Leadership.

The staff are brilliant role models for our pupils and I often find myself being inspired by the learning that takes place in the schools. The Governors are supportive and dedicated to improving the community which they represent by investing in the development of each and every child.

The Federation is truly about creating a harmonious community in the heart of Deptford.

Loreta Bibby
Deputy Headteacher / Reception class teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

This is only my second year working at Grinling Gibbons, but already, it feels like I have been here for much longer. After teaching for nearly thirty years across a range of schools in London, I can honestly say, that this is a really special school, filled with enthusiastic, polite, hard-working children, who have a real love for learning, and who can’t wait to come to school every morning. The same could be said of all our teachers and support staff too!

This year I am teaching in Reception, and I am always amazed at the new learning I experience every day. I hope I will be here for many years to come.

Shaunie Appleyard
Nursery Teacher

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons as the Nursery Class Teacher since 2016.

I am proud to work here because it is such a wonderful school where all the staff and children look out for each other. As well as fantastic teachers who are dedicated to each and every child, we have children who are really lovely and value their experiences at school, which makes working here a real pleasure.

Working in the early years, I have a commitment to making sure that every child gets off to the right start in school. I strive to create an inclusive class environment which will stimulate and engage all our children, and I encourage and support them to progress and develop as learners.

Rachael Shodiya
Teaching Assistant Reception
Laraine Staples
Teaching Assistant Reception

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Grinling Gibbons since 2010, but previously I was a volunteer here. I have been the Reception Teaching Assistant for six years and enjoy watching the children grow in confidence and mature throughout their educational journey. I am proud to be a member of staff at a great school, working with a great teaching team who have the children’s best interests at heart.

Diane Julius
Teaching Assistant Nursery

I have worked in the nursery as a teaching assistant at Grinning Gibbons since 2015, all staff Is committed to ensuring the children’s wellbeing – that’s why I am proud to be a member of staff at such a great school.

As every child will develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, I am here to ensure every child makes good progress, as high quality early learning provides the foundation children need to make the most of their talents as they grow.

Ellie Jackson
Teaching Assistant Nursery

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons since January 2016, in the nursery and reception. It is such a fantastic place to work, as the pupils and staff make it such a special place. I love being part of such a wonderful school community, and it is a genuine pleasure to work here and teach our pupils as they are all such lovely children and enthusiastic learners.

Habiba Tayabali
Nurse Nursery
So-Nia Hewitt
Year 1 Teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

I worked at Grinling Gibbons 5 years ago, and I was so excited when I had the opportunity to come back and work here again. This is because I missed our diverse cultural community and the mutual respect that exists here across all cultures and faiths.

It is a pleasure coming to school to work and learn alongside such a happy caring community of staff, carers and learners. Everyone is enthusiastic and supportive with the aim of supporting and nurturing all children to become confident, independent learners.

I strongly believe in the importance of helping children develop life-long skills that will enable them to problem solve independently. By setting clear expectations and guidelines and by supporting children through challenges, they can safely explore the world around us.

Amevi Dogbo
Teaching Assistant Year 1
Icilda Prendergast
Learning Support Assistant Year 1

I have been working at Grinling Gibbons for almost 15 years. And I have had various roles in the school from Resource Manager to Classroom Assistant and I am now a Learning Support Assistant working one to one with children. I have enjoyed each role I have undertaken in this school and I have enjoyed each experience it brings on a daily basis.

I work really close with the children and have a good bond with them, I love to see their faces when it lights up when they are telling me something of interest to them. I also enjoy the team work that happens between staff and peers.

Overall I really enjoy working at Grinling Gibbons.

Carleen Archer
Year 2 Teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

My name is Carleen Archer and I have been teaching at Grinling Gibbons since 2003. When I first started here, I taught in lower Key Stage 2, but for the past 9 years I have been teaching in Key Stage 1.

I am presently Key Stage 1 Lead and the Year 2 class teacher. My additional responsibilities include the monitoring of the progress of Phonics, as well as Pupil Premium children across the school.

As the longest standing member of the teaching staff, I am immensely proud of the achievements of past and present students of the school.

Shirley La Touche
Teaching Assistant Year 2
Cal Byrne
Year 3 Teacher

Additional Responsibility

 

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons since September 2015 and am excited every day to come to school and learn with the children. I enjoy working here because the children are so enthusiastic and interested in their learning. As well as teaching in Year 3, I run a weekly maths booster class, after school with our Year 6 children.

As P.E. lead, I think keeping fit and staying healthy are really important. That’s why, as well as organising events such as Sports Day and ‘The Daily Mile’, you can always find me taking part in the weekly Keep Fit sessions with the other teachers!

Jackie Balcombe
Teaching Assistant Year 3

I have been working at Grinling Gibbons Primary School for 17 years, and this is the school that my children attended, as well as the school where I came as a child. This is why I love working here – it’s more like home to me!

Over the years, I have had many roles including lunch-time support, cleaner and teaching assistant, but whatever it is I’m doing, I really enjoy working with the children.

Cardella Bryce
Year 4 Teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

I have been working at Grinling Gibbons Primary School since 2012 and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy leading Modern Foreign Languages and Design and Technology as this allows me to become more involved with all children’s learning within the school.

Nothing beats ‘hands on’ experience when working with children. The more you work with children, the more you can appreciate their individuality – and this is something that continues to develop year after year. There is never a dull moment in the classroom, as each child’s personality shines through whatever they are learning.

I love working with children which is what inspired me to become a teacher, and I especially love how proud I become of each class at the end of the year, knowing how much they have developed and matured, and that I have contributed to their growth.

Melissa Henry
Teaching Assistant Year 4 (Scale 5 TA)

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons for many years and have formed some great relationships with past and present pupils, staff and parents. I am a fun character and I think the qualities that I bring to GG brighten and uplift the school daily. There is never a dull moment when I am around.

I have a variety of experiences and skill sets that enhance, develop and encourage the children daily which I believe is extremely important in the development of children in reaching their full potential.​ My goal is to encourage children to be leaders and winners, and I reinforce this within children to give them a positive self-image and self-esteem; this in turn contributes to the whole school ethos.

Anita Mittelholzer
Year 5 Teacher (5a)

I joined Grinling Gibbons Primary School in September 2017 and am the class teacher for 5A. Grinling Gibbons has such a warm and friendly atmosphere that I feel very proud and privileged to be a part of the team. The staff and children are all extremely welcoming and respectful to everyone.

All of the staff here, work together to support each other and we all have the well-being of the children at heart. This creates a positive aura in which the children feel safe to learn. I am glad that I can be a part of that environment and can help to steer the children in the right direction so that they can achieve their hopes and aspirations.

Kay-Ann Williamson
Year 5 Teacher (5b)

I recently joined the Grinling Gibbons family in September 2017 and I am excited for the years ahead. Whilst at University, I had visited Grinling Gibbons on a two week placement and knew immediately that this was the school for me. The enthusiasm of the Head teacher, teachers, staff, as well as the passion that the children have for their learning has been infectious, heightening my drive to work in this remarkable and nurturing environment.

I am proud to work in such a culturally diverse community where parents are supportive and value their children’s education. I look forward to working in partnership with you in developing the future generation and in creating opportunities to further stretch them as they develop into lifelong learners.

Sally-Ann Warner
Teaching Assistant Year 5 (5a)

I have been working at Grinling Gibbons Primary School for nearly nine years and have enjoyed all my years working here. I take great pride in reinforcing the schools ethos, aiming to inspire all individuals. Working in this school has given me the opportunity to work with all year groups, which has boosted my confidence.

My role is to help the children with their learning and motivate them to achieve their targets, and it gives me great satisfaction to know that I am part of the children’s learning journey, and a valued member of staff.

Lesley Lawrence
Teaching Assistant Year 5 (5b)

Additional Roles

 

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons for over 20 years. I am proud to be part of such an amazing school and community. The children I work with are all wonderful with a love for learning, and this in itself, makes teaching fun and exciting.

I enjoy coming to work each day, and I myself am always learning new things. This helps me develop as a professional, and I always strive to be a positive role model for the children I care for.

Vanessa Deol
Year 6 Teacher (6b)

Additional Roles

 

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons Primary School since 2014.

I am proud to work here because it is such a friendly school where everyone looks out for each other: staff, children and parents alike. We have fantastic resources, dedicated teachers and children who love to learn, which makes working here very rewarding and enjoyable.

As a teacher, I have an interest in, and commitment to, each child.  I work to create a class environment which supports, extends and engages the learning of every child and I am committed to ensuring that children have opportunities to explore their aspirations and enhance their life chances.

Natalie Tremlett
Year 6 Teacher (6a)

Additional Role

 

Joining Grinling Gibbons in September 2017, I immediately felt welcomed into the school community. Both the children and adults in our school have a great enthusiasm for learning, as well as a sense of mutual respect and kindness. I am particularly pleased to be in Year 6, as it’s amazing to see the children mature over the year into confident, resilient and independent learners who are ready for secondary school.

What motivates me as a teacher is seeing children achieve new things and take pride in their successes – whether that be in sports, arts, extra-curricular activities or our core subjects, English and maths. As maths leader, my role is to ensure our children have an engaging maths curriculum that challenges every learner, as well as teaches them the skills they will need for adult life.

Ms Bell
Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6a)
Maria Ennis
Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6a)
Miatta Sesay
Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6b)
Amber Lyseight
Inclusion Officer, Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6b)

I joined Grinling Gibbons in March 2011 as an LSA in year 1. The child I worked with went from not being able to communicate, read or write, to being able to take his SATS, which was an amazingly rewarding achievement for us both. When he went onto secondary school, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to join the inclusion team which is where I’ve been since September 2016. I get to work within a team who put the child’s needs first every day and can honestly say that I love my job.

Working at Grinling Gibbons, no two days are ever the same. I work in class one to one supporting different children; I run speech and language sessions; I arrange for our AGT children to further their learning by sourcing and arranging specific events; and I run mindfulness sessions as well as a fit club for the staff and an after-school multisport club. In September 2017, I organised a residential trip to Kingswood for the Year 6 children which was a huge success.

Grinling Gibbons is the only place I know that hugs so much. Our school is a real community, and one that I’m very proud to be a part of.

Sophia Ricketts
Inclusion Manager

I joined the Grinling Gibbons team in September 2013 and I work with children who have a range of additional needs. My motivation comes from working with children and young people who think in a completely different way.

Over the past 9 years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from colleagues, and experts, working with children with SEN. This helps me to work with those who might need support with their understanding of language and concepts, so that they are able to take on all the challenges placed on them and produce good learning outcomes.

Amber Lyseight
Inclusion Officer, Learning Support Assistant Year 6 (6b)

I joined Grinling Gibbons in March 2011 as an LSA in year 1. The child I worked with went from not being able to communicate, read or write, to being able to take his SATS, which was an amazingly rewarding achievement for us both. When he went onto secondary school, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to join the inclusion team which is where I’ve been since September 2016. I get to work within a team who put the child’s needs first every day and can honestly say that I love my job.

Working at Grinling Gibbons, no two days are ever the same. I work in class one to one supporting different children; I run speech and language sessions; I arrange for our AGT children to further their learning by sourcing and arranging specific events; and I run mindfulness sessions as well as a fit club for the staff and an after-school multisport club. In September 2017, I organised a residential trip to Kingswood for the Year 6 children which was a huge success.

Grinling Gibbons is the only place I know that hugs so much. Our school is a real community, and one that I’m very proud to be a part of.

Allison Bishop
Community Cohesion Behaviour and Family Liaison Officer

I have worked for Grinling Gibbons since June 2013 as part of the Inclusion Team, but within education for fourteen years. As well as working to develop and maintain our high standards of attendance and punctuality, I also support children with behaviour and work closely with our School Advocates.

I have been privileged through my role, to be able to engage with the Grinling Gibbons community and bring in projects to enhance the children’s learning. Some recent examples include: all of KS2 children visiting the Bupa care home; being able to implement the restoration of the steel pans which enabled us to play within the school and local community; and working alongside the Jimmy Mizen Foundation.

I also organise fund-raising events for the numerous charities that we all support at Grinling Gibbons.

Bryan Gobin
Finance Officer
Sam Lane
Office and Resources Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I am the Office and Resources Manager at Grinling Gibbons. I have had the pleasure of working at Grinling Gibbons for 5 years and love every minute of it! I run the office on a day-to-day basis, helping parents and children with any queries they may have. All the staff here work extremely well together and we all have a love for learning and children.

So please, if you need any help, come and see me!

Susanne Partridge-Hayes
Executive Assistant

In September 2009 I started my career as a parent volunteer in the nursery class and was lucky enough to be offered a Teaching Assistant position in January 2010. During my time as a Teaching Assistant, I have worked in various year groups and enjoyed working alongside the children and seeing them progress and develop.

I wanted to develop my career in the school but decided that I did not want to go along the teacher route, so in September 2015, I became the Executive Assistant for the Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation. Now I work alongside the SLT within the federation to assist with the HR and Financial operations of both schools.

Kat Petrovic
Administrative Officer

I take great care in my work and am attentive to any queries or tasks that come my way, however big or small. I am always happy to help anyone with anything, my belief is that every problem has a solution and I hope to find it. My aim is to put a smile on everyone’s face that I encounter as well as to help with the smooth day to day running of the school by ensuring the Children, Parents and Staff are as happy as can be!

Deborah Cummings
Network ICT Technician

Working at the Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation has been very enlightening. Having worked in a bank for many years, my role here is very different, but still very enjoyable. Whether it’s fixing a printer or laptop, showing a staff member how to use new software, updating assessment results or making sure the Schools’ website is up to date, my days are never boring and there is always something to learn. The staff here are very dedicated and the children are great characters.

Louis Smith
Premises Manager

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons since May 2016. However, I have worked in premises management in various Lewisham schools for 8 years prior to then. I love working at the federation, facing different challenges each day. The entire school community is so welcoming and feels like a big family. All staff, governors, pupils and families pulling together to further the education & experience of the children who attend here.

As premises manager I have a direct responsibility for the safe, day-to-day running of the school premises and for the overall health and safety of the stakeholders. I have enjoyed transforming the school site and buildings in line with the vision of the school management, and look forward to continuing to do so!

Patrick Arhin
Premises Assistant

Hi I’m Patrick, part of the premises team. I’ve worked across the GGLV Federation for nearly 3 years. Working at GGLV Federation I feel not only part of a family but part of the community.

I ensure that the schools are looking their best for the children so that they can enjoy their life at school happily & safely.